Events Featured in East Side Review February 19, 2017

East Side Pride Open Mic

On Tuesday, Feb. 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. is the return of the monthly open mic series at the East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier St. Anyone is welcome to come and share any talent. Past participants have performed comedy, poetry, played instruments, danced, among other acts. The mission of East Side Pride Open Mic is to create a safe space for cultivating artistic talents and supporting youth expression and development as they celebrate their community. The East Side Pride Open Mic series takes place every month on the third Thursday. This month’s featured performer is East Side poet and writer Delena Zekarias. For further questions contact Chia “Chilli” Lor at or at 651-578-7400.


Free MN Sinfonia concert

On Friday, Feb. 24, 7 p.m. at Harding High School, 1540 Sixth St. E., violinist Itamar Zorman will perform for free. His performance is called “Father and Son II” and will include a new composition written by Zorman himself and a composition written by his father, Moshe. He will also perform works by Frost, Schubert, and Mozart.

Born in Tel-Aviv in 1985 to a family of musicians, Itamar Zorman began his violin studies at the age of six with Saly Bockel at the Israeli Conservatory of Music in Tel-Aviv.  He graduated in 2003 and continued his studies with Professor David Chen and Nava Milo. He received his Bachelor of Music from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance as a student of Hagai Shaham.  He received his Master’s of Music from The Juilliard School in 2009, where he studied with Robert Mann and Sylvia Rosenberg, and received an Artist Diploma from Manhattan School of Music in 2010, and an Artist Diploma from Julliard in 2012, studying with Ms. Rosenberg. Itamar Zorman is currently a student of Christian Tetzlaff at The Kronberg Academy.


“Designing Your Life” author, Dave Evans, to speak at Metro State 

After years as a tech executive at Apple and Electronic Arts, Dave Evans came to realize that his real mission in life was to help others find theirs. He now teaches Life Design at Stanford University and is the co-author of “Designing Your Life.”  Evans’ lectures are transformative for both college students and executives, inspiring them to view life not as a problem that needs to be solved, but as a creative adventure.

A leading expert on life design, Evans will address the Metropolitan State University community at 9 a.m., Friday, March 10, in the Founders Hall Auditorium, St. Paul Campus, 700 East Seventh St.  Evans will speak about ideas he and co-author Bill Burnett cover in their book “Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, and Joyful Life.” The event is sponsored by the Career Center at Metropolitan State University. The talk will be followed by a book signing from 10 to 10:30 a.m.

The event is open to the public, although seating is limited. 

The book, “Designing Your Life,” discusses “design thinking,” an approach to problem solving through creative and collaborative doing, and building toward solutions for problems that aren’t well-defined. Evans has found that this practice applies very effectively to the problems of life design and helping one find their way from the present reality into a desired future – an unknown future full of variables we don’t control or understand.

Evans’ inspiration comes from his own self-described incredibly frustrating experience trying to figure his life out in college and getting very little useful help. He met Bill Burnett in 2007 and they immediately recognized the usefulness of teaching life wayfinding using design-thinking. As a public speaker, Evans helps his audience to effectively better reframe what it is they are after and better build their way forward to it.


Waniyetu/Winter Walk: Dakota Culture

On Saturday, Feb. 25 from 10 to 11 a.m., indigenous educator Jim Rock will give an interactive presentation and tour at the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary, focusing on the sacred Wakan Tipi Cave, Dakota astronomy and the winter season. Participants will met at the entrance to the sanctuary. All ages are welcome, but space is limited and participants are asked to register ahead of time. Register online by visiting The entrance to Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary is located near the corner of Commercial and E. Fourth streets.


Play-test a new game at Metro State University Library

The Metropolitan State University Library at 645 East Seventh St. recently won a contest to host a “play-test party” for a soon-to-be-released game called “Bears vs. Babies.” The university library, which shares a building with the Dayton’s Bluff branch of the St. Paul Public library, will throw the party on Tuesday, Feb. 21 from 4 to 9 p.m.  As the only play-test site in Minnesota, attendees will get a chance to try the game out before it is available to the public.

“Bears vs. Babies” was created by Matthew Inman, creator of the popular webcomic series “The Oatmeal,” and game designer Elan Lee. They are the same team that created the game “Exploding Kittens” — a game that still holds the record of having the most funders in Kickstarter history. Both games feature the art of Inman, who is known for combining tongue-in-cheek humor with absurdist drawings.

The play-test event will include opportunities for guests to try out “Bears vs. Babies” as well as other games that will be available from Metro State Library’s lendable board game collection. The event is family friendly and open to the public and snacks and beverages will be provided. More information about the event can be found at


The East Side’s Got Talent Cabaret

The fifth annual “East Side’s Got Talent Cabaret” is Friday, March 3. This annual fundraiser for the “Art in the Hollow” will take place at the Historic Mounds Theatre, 1029 Hudson Road. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 if purchased ahead of time, $30 at the door. Tickets are available online at Acts will include dancers, singers, musicians, comedians, magicians and more. In addition there will be a silent auction, VIP bingo, and free food. 

The event is produced by Friends of Swede Hollow. For more information contact Karin DuPaul at 651-776-0550 or send an email to


Urban homesteading 

St. Paul Public Library is hosting several urban homesteading programs in neighborhood libraries around the city through March and April. These free events encourage people to explore ways they can participate in growing, gathering, and preparing food in an urban setting.  No registration is necessary.

• Riverview Library, 1 East George St. (651-292-6626):

– March 2, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Planting a Garden with Seed Saving in Mind: Presented by Michelle Grabowski, and Courtney Tchida. 

– March 16, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Raising Chickens: Learn about choosing a breed, housing, feeding, care, and city rules. Come with questions. Even if you already have hens, you’ll learn something new. Presented by Rob Czernik.

• Rondo Library, 461 North Dale St. (651-266-7400):

– March 7, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Apartment Gardening: Learn tips and techniques for growing vegetables in small spaces. Presented by Roger Hintze.

• Arlington Hills Library, 1200 Payne Ave. (651-632-3870):

– March 21, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Hmong Herbs for Chicken Soup: Learn about growing and using Hmong herbs that have passed from one generation to the next for centuries. Presented by Mayyia Lee and Zongxee Lee.

• Sun Ray Library, 2105 Wilson Ave. (651-501-6300):

– March 28, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Landscaping with Edibles: Explore ways to incorporate fruits, herbs, and vegetables into any landscape, small or large. Presented by Mette Nielsen.

• Dayton’s Bluff Library, 645 East Seventh St. (651-793-1699):

– April 6, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Growing Grapes: Learn how to grow grapes in your backyard—what soil, light, water and trellis systems to use and what the best grape varieties are. Presented by Sharron Peterson.

Co-sponsored by St. Paul Public Library, Growing West Side, Frogtown Green, and Ramsey County Master Gardeners. For more information about these and additional Urban Homesteading events, please visit


East Side Freedom Library

The library has a variety of events going on this upcoming week.

Monday, Feb. 20, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., will be the second installment of the class “The Ford Century in Minnesota.” The class will meet every Monday in February and is taught by East Side Freedom Library’s Peter Rachleff and Brian McMahon, author of the recently published book, “The Ford Century in Minnesota.” The class is co-sponsored by St. Paul Public Schools adult and community education program and there is a registration fee that is payable to St. Paul Public Schools.

The class will focus on the experiences and activities of Ford workers in Minnesota. It will also meet on Feb. 20 and 27. To register for the class call 651-744-3072 or go to

Tuesday, Feb. 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. will be the continuation of the workshop series called “Mindful Self-Compassion.”

East Sider Patricia Enstad, a licensed social worker and teacher, will provide an introduction to the practices of Mindful Self-Compassion. “As we consider the important tasks that lie ahead, we will need to support our action with compassion and resiliency. Subtle, yet powerful, these affirming and portable methods can be utilized anywhere,” said Enstad. Visitors do not need to have attended previous sessions to participate. A regular meeting time will be established after these first few sessions. More information on this approach is available at

On Friday Feb. 24 from 9 to 10 a.m., will be the continuation of the “Mindfulness Meditation: The Practice of Freedom” series. The workshop is led by meditation teacher Marc Anderson.

This gathering is open to everyone and no previous meditation experience is necessary.  The sessions are drop in and offered on a donation basis, you do not need to have attended previous sessions to attend. Participants can bring a lunch and tea will be served.

On Saturday Feb. 25, from 10 a.m. to noon, the library’s History Day Learning Center, will be open.

The center will have a team of experienced history teachers to provide one-on-one guidance and support for students pursuing projects for the National History Day competition. This year’s competition is called, “Taking a Stand in History.”

The team can help students identify resources from the library’s collection of more than 15,000 books focused on immigration, labor, African American, Latinx, Asian American, Native American and social justice movement histories.

On Sunday, Feb. 26 from 1 to 3 p.m. Sergio and Mary Anne Quiroz of Indigenous Roots to learn about the history and significance of Azteca Mexica New Year. Indigenous Roots is an East Side organization that uses culture, such as visual art, dance, and music, to tell the stories of the indigenous peoples of Mexico, particularly those who have immigrated to St. Paul. Sergio and Mary Anne will also provide information about the celebration which will take place at Johnson High School on Sunday, March 11, to which everyone is invited.

For more information or questions go to, send an email to or call 651-230-3294. The East Side Freedom Library is located at 1105 Greenbrier St.


Hayden Heights Library

Mondays in February, 6:30 to 7 p.m. (the library will be closed Monday, February 20) the library will have “Jammie Storytime.” Spend time sharing stories, songs, and rhymes in English with your child while building a foundation for reading success. Everyone is welcome and jammies, blankets and stuffed animals encouraged. No registration is needed.

Tuesdays and Thursdays in February, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. the library will have AARP Tax Help. These events will walk-ins only and visitors will be served on a first-come, first-served basis. Lines often form and slots may fill prior to start time. Please contact the library at 651-793-3934 to find out more.

Fridays in February, from 10:30 to 11 a.m. the library will have “Family Storytime.” Spend time sharing stories, songs, and rhymes in English with your child while building a foundation for reading success. No registration is required.

On Saturday, Feb. 25, from 1 to 3 p.m. the library will host “Kids Create Saturday.” Kids will be able to tinker using a variety of art supplies. “Kids Create” is a program that promotes artful creativity and imagination. No registration is required and it is open to all youth and their families.

For more information about upcoming programs, please call the Hayden Heights Library at 651-793-3934, or visit The Hayden Heights branch library is located at 1465 White Bear Avenue, St Paul, MN 55106.


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